A small-school program, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team knows how to play big.
Under legendary head coach Ralph Hodge, the ninth-winningest active coach in the NAIA, the Tigers have won 14 regular-season conference championships, five conference tournament championships, made 16 NAIA National Championships tournament appearances and qualified for the NAIA Elite Eight four times.
The Tigers annually play one of the toughest NAIA schedules in the country, which often includes trips to tournaments in Hawaii and Florida. In two of the last three seasons, they've tallied wins over NCAA Division I opponents.
When they’re not on the road, the Tigers take the court in Olivet’s 2,500-seat McHie Arena to play in front of packed crowds that include OZONE, the student cheering section.